I Met the Pope and My Husband was Ind...

What a week!!! First, I got to meet the Pope, and he was kind enough to take a selfie with me. Check it out!! Then, my incredible husband was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. What an honor! What? Not buying it? The truth is that earlier this week I attended an event…

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Bloggers. We Need to Talk.

I often say that I’m incredibly grateful that social media came into existence long after my high school and college days. By the time I was first asked to update my status, I was a happily married, peacefully boring, stay-at-home mom. This saved everyone in my generation from the incredible embarrassment of acting a fool…

I Got Sick of Myself

When I started blogging, my children were two and four years old. My oldest went to part-time preschool from September through May. My youngest was in diapers. My family lived a state away, and my husband was gone eleven hours a day. My entire existence looked something like this. Pictures taken by children three and…

Startups, This is How to Score with B...

In the spring of 1998, I watched my husband ask another girl out on a date. To be clear, he was just my friend from the other side of the hall at the time and not legally bound to me, so it wasn’t as inappropriate as it sounds. I was perched in my loft bed…

And Then a Puppy Saved the Internet

I know the world can be a really ugly place.  I get that people all have “stuff,” and sometimes that makes them behave like evil disgusting insane unhappy people. I get it. But I don’t always see it.  Except that lately I’ve seen a lot of it, mostly because it’s been thrown in my face….

Web Hosting For Dummies

Last night I partied on Twitter with Andrea and Melissa, authors of Klout For Dummies and Blog Design For Dummies.  Those two incredibly resourceful books are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to blogging resources from the For Dummies family of books.  Peter Pollock recently published Web Hosting For Dummies, a guide…

Resourceful Mommy 5 Year Bloggiversary

Yesterday I was enjoying some peaceful writing time alone in my house while my husband and kids were at the theater seeing the latest PG summer blockbuster when it dawned on me that we are three weeks into July.  My thoughts looked something like this… “How are we already three weeks into July?!?!?” “Calm down,…

Huggies MomInspired Grant Program

It’s time once again for the MomInspired Grant Program, an amazing source of financial support to moms with a product or product idea.  My friend Maria – herself a huge inspiration and source of support to entrepreneurial women like myself – reminded me that the deadline for grant applications is fast approaching.  Knowing that Resourceful Mommy readers…

Blog Design For Dummies/Klout For Dum...

While I was writing Raising Digital Families For Dummies, a couple of amazing women who happen to also be my friends were hard at work on their own For Dummies tech titles.  It was wonderful to be able to share the sometimes challenging yet incredibly rewarding experience of writing a book with people I like…

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Business Tips from Disney on the Road DC

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration Disney on the Road event in Washington, DC.  This one day conference brought together social media moms from around the DC Metro area to experience a little Disney magic while hearing from women entrepreneurs.  While the entire event was fantastic, the highlight…

Bloggers, They Only Know What We Show

Last week ended with a bit of a public brouhaha regarding a personal Facebook image post and an incredibly bold – defamatory? – blog post about said photo.  Like flies to sh…like moths to a flame, blog post after blog post began to pop up on both sides of the issue.  I was mulching my…

Brands, Tweets, and Spamming Madness

During the second semester of my sophomore year of college, I roomed with an awesome girl named Kerri while my best friend was studying abroad.  We loved living together and hanging out with our other friends on the floor, including our friend Jason.  One afternoon I was sitting on my lofted bed while Kerri was…

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Content (Curation) Is King

Last month I wrote “Hands Off Our Content” after a series of alarming examples of big brands stealing content from independent bloggers. The main offender was NickMom.com, the site associated with a new programming block on Nickelodeon that launched last night.  People were shocked.  How was it okay for a major corporation, one that makes…

Hands Off Our Content

UPDATED: 9/15/12 1:30 p.m. ET We have continued to receive information about other images used without permission including this back-to-school image from NotJustAHousewife.com.  You’ll note that the bold text over the picture covers up image owner Stacy’s watermark. We have also heard from NickMom who apologizes, assures us that they are taking this issue very…

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31 Days of…

Two years ago I wrote a series called 30 Days of Change, a parenting challenge that a small group of bloggers participated in, trying each daily challenge and blogging the results. As last year came to a close, I wanted to try another challenge, but something a little less…deep. I wavered between silly little daily…

An Open Letter to Brands

Today I received multiple emails that began with, “It was so great to meet you at BlogHer in New York City…” from public relations professionals representing brands sponsoring or attending the conference.  It has been exactly a month since the event, so apparently Google calendar alerts all over the PR world were pinging this week…

BlogHer Scavenger Hunt Fun with PCH

I just returned from the BlogHer Conference in New York City, and while there were great sessions ranging from the technical to the philanthropic, there was also plenty of time for fun facilitated by amazing sponsors.  Without the financial support of brands hoping to connect with bloggers, conferences would not be able to exist.  As…

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Sometimes Bloggers Spend Money

I am going to the Olympics. Yes, the ones in London that begin this week. I bought tickets to two events several months ago with the idea that if I couldn’t go, they’d be easy to unload.  Every now and then I put something related to the tickets out there on social media because I…

Time Saving Tips

This weekend I’m going to be teaching a small group session at the Type-A Conference on time management.  Over my last four years as a work-at-home mom, I have been forced to create a variety of strategies to complete my work effectively and efficiently not only so that I am no longer working on my laptop…

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Best of Resourceful Mommy: Why Am I I...

During my time in Tanzania with Compassion International, I will would like to share some of my favorite posts from the past. ~Originally posted 12/8/11~ Some bloggers check their “stats” weekly daily hourly to see how many visitors have come to their sites, how long they stayed there, what posts they’ve read, how they got there, etc.  For…

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Wordless Wednesday: Proving Mom Wrong

Yesterday I was playing a very enthusiastic game of tag with my son that somehow involved him throwing a basketball at me when I heard my not-very-interested-in-tag daughter say, “Mom, I found a four leaf clover.”  Crazy things happen to my family and let’s face it, we live in a place where space shuttles strapped…